Friday, September 16, 2016

Richard Pinhas releases Two New Albums (Process & Reality and Mu) TODAY 9/16/16 and Embarks on Mega-Tour of France/USA/Japan


Celebrating TWO New ALBUMS
Released TODAY September 16, 2016
on Cuneiform:
PROCESS AND REALITY and MU


Experimental Rock Icon
RICHARD PINHAS

TOURS Three Continents in Fall/Winter 2016



Performing at the Rock in Opposition Festival and Cities in France,
and Touring Southeastern USA and Japan
with Fellow Sonic Innovators
from Europe (Pascal Comelade, Arthur Narcy), the USA (Wume),
and Japan (Yoshida Tatsuya, Keiji Haino, Masami Akita/Merzbow,
Yamamoto Seiichi, Ryoko, Vampillia)





Tour Dates: Richard Pinhas'
Process & Reality and Mu Mega-Tour
France / USA / Japan
Fall/Winter 2016


2016 FRANCE TOUR

Cap Découverte, France – Saturday, September 17, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy

Rock In Opposition Festival - France
Cap Découverte, Le Garric (near Toulouse & Albi)
http://www.rocktime.org/rio/index.php/en/program/saturday-17

Bordeaux, France – Monday, September 19, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya

I-Boat
Bassin à Flot n°1, Quai Armand Lalande, 33300 Bordeaux, France
http://www.iboat.eu/Home/Iboat.sls

Paris, France – Thursday, September 22, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tasuya

Le Triton
11 Bis Rue du Coq Français, 93260 Lilas (Les), France
http://www.letriton.com

Paris, France – Saturday, October 1, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Pascal Comelade
Set Time: 19h30
La Maroquinerie
23 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris, France
http://www.lamaroquinerie.fr/Accueil/
12€

for tour updates, please see:
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/tours.html

***
2016 SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES TOUR
WITH WUME


Richard Pinhas

Wume (Albert Schatz & April Camlin)

Brooklyn, New York – Monday, October 3, 2016
Richard Pinhas
Park Church Co-Op

129 Russell St - Brooklyn, NY
http://www.parkchurchcoop.org/
http://www.parkchurchcoop.org/music-off-mcgolrick/

Queens, New York – Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

Trans-Pecos
9-15 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
http://www.thetranspecos.com
@transpecos


  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

Brillobox
4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA15224
http://www.brillobox.net/home/
http://www.brilloboxpgh.com/events/


  Detroit, Michigan – Friday, October 7, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

Marble Bar
1501 Holden St, Detroit, MI 48208
phone (313) 551-3158
https://facebook.com/marblebardetroit/

Chicago, Illinois – Saturday, October 8, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647
http://elasticarts.org
http://elasticarts.org/events/


Nashville, Tennessee – Monday, October 10, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

American Legion
3204 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216
http://www.legion.org


Asheville, North Carolina – Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

TBA
Asheville, NC

Raleigh, North Carolina – Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

Nightlight
405 1/2 West Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
phone (919_ 960-6101
http://www.nightlightclub.com

Richmond, Virginia – Thursday, October 13, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

Strange Matter
929 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23220
http://www.strangematterrva.com
http://www.strangematterrva.com/events.php


Baltimore, Maryland – Friday, October 14, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume

Metro Gallery
1700 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
http://www.themetrogallery.net
http://www.themetrogallery.net/calendar/


Washington, DC – Saturday, October 15, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Wume & Boat Burning

Comet Ping-Pong
 
5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
http://www.cometpingpong.com

TBA, TX – Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TBA, TX – Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana – Thursday, October 20, 2016
Richard Pinhas

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
 
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
http://www.zeitgeistnola.org
$20

Houston, Texas – Friday, October 21, 2016
Richard Pinhas
14 Pews
800 Aurora St, Houston, TX;
phone: (718) 389-0854
http://www.parkchurchcoop.org/
http://www.parkchurchcoop.org/music-off-mcgolrick/
Austin, Texas – Saturday, October 22, 2016
Richard Pinhas
Farewell Books
913 East Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78702
phone: (512)473-2665
http://www.farewellbookstore.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FarewellBooks/

for tour updates, please see: http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/tours.html ***

2016 JAPAN TOUR WITH YOSHIDA TATSUYA



Tokyo, Japan – Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya & Keiji Haino & Masami Akita

Koenji High
166-0003, Tokyo, Suginami-Temple South 4-30-1
http://koenji-high.com

Ohmi-Hachiman, Japan – Thursday, November 3, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya
Syuyukan

Omihachiman Shiga Sakederik space Syuyukan
Yubinbango 523-0862, Shiga Prefecture, Omihachiman, Suwaichonaka 21
http://www.shuyukan.com/index.html

Kyoto, Japan  – Friday, November 4, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya w/ Seiichi Yamamoto

Club Metro
Japan, 606-8396, Kyoto Kyoto, sakyo-Ku, Kawabata log town under
http://www.metro.ne.jp

Tokushima, Japan – Saturday, November 5, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya

Txalaparta
770-0915, Japan Tokushima Prefecture, Tokushima Tomita-Cho 2-18 B1
http://bartxalaparta.jimdo.com
http://bartxalaparta.jimdo.com/schedule/

Kobe, Japan – Sunday, November 6, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya

Helluva Lounge
650-0011, Japan, 3--1 - 18 under the Yamate Dori Chuo-ku, Kobe-Shi, Hyogo, Japan
http://helluva.jp

Osaka, Japan –  Monday, November 7, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya w/ Vampillia

Conpass
 542-0083 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku, East heart Shinsaibashi 1-Chome 12-20
http://www.conpass.jp

Nagoya, Japan – Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya w/ Ryoko Ono

Tokuzo
8, novel imaike 1-Chome-6 - 12 Uchiyama, Chikusa-Ku, Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 464-0075
http://www.tokuzo.com

Hamamatsu, Japan – Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya w/ Up-Tight

Kirchherr
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kirchherr/328022840718727

Shizuoka, Japan – Thursday November 10, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya w/ Atomic Farm
So-gen
10th Shizouka SOGEN
420-0032, 2 Chome-5-7 Ryogaecho, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture 420-0032
http://sougen0228.wixsite.com/live
https://twitter.com/sougen0228
Kofu, Japan – Friday, November 11, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya
Sakuraza Cafe
Yubinbango 400-0032 Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture center 1-1-7
Japan 1-1-7 Chuo koufushi, Yamanashi City Japan
Doors 19:00; Curtain 19:30
Advance 3,500 yen; Day 4,000 yen
Drink 500 yen separately
http://www.sakuraza.jp/
http://www.sakuraza.jp/schedule_.htm
http://www.sakuraza.jp/furaiya.pdf
https://twitter.com/sakurazakofu
Tokyo, Japan – Friday, November 12, 2016
Richard Pinhas

Disk Union

Diskunion Shinjuko Progressive Rock Store (3F)
Yamada Bldg. 3F, 3-31-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
http://diskunion.net/shop/ct/shinjuku_progre
Event starts at 18 hr
http://diskunion.net

Koenji, Japan – Saturday, November 13, 2016
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya
Showboat
Oak Hill Koenji B1F, 3-17-2 Koenji Kita
Tokyo Suginami high yen North Temple 3-17-2 B1
http://www.showboat1993.com/
https://twitter.com/ShowBoat_1993

for tour updates, please see:
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/tours.html




[WATCH: Announcment Video for Pinhas, Tatsuya, Ryoko - 2015 tour]

To BOOK Richard in EUROPE, please contact Julie Tippex:
http://julietippex.com/

To BOOK Richard in JAPAN and/ or the USA, please contact Richard via the contact section:
http://www.richard-pinhas.com/contact.php




French guitarist, electronic musician and global sonic experimenter
RICHARD PINHAS
simultaneously releases two new, startling different albums on Cuneiform, recorded on opposite side of the Pacific Ocean with two vastly different yet equally stellar groups of collaborators:
Process and Reality and Mu



Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida / Masami Akita
Process and Reality
Street date: September 16, 2016
Genre: RockElectronicExperimental / Noise 
STREAM/SHARE: "TVJ 33 (Core Track)" [excerpt]
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

"We are in the Industrial Age Final Times. The Page will soon be turned OFF...
We will transition from Petrol and Gas Wars to Water Wars..."

- Richard Pinhas

Three founding fathers of experimental music join forces to conjure an unholy serenade for a society on the verge of collapse on Process and Reality, an hourlong whirlwind of pessimistic prophecy transformed into a heady monolith of sound.

Boundary-stretching guitarist Richard Pinhas, founder of the influential French electronic-rock band Heldon, teams with two icons of the Japanese avant-garde – drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, mastermind of warped-prog legends Ruins, Koenjihyakkei and Korekyojinn, and Masami Akita, a.k.a. noise guru Merzbow – to summon a brutally honest, politically potent, sonically tumultuous reflection of the last gasps of the industrial age.

Process and Reality marks the first recorded convergence of these three avant-rock giants, though Pinhas has recorded with both Yoshida and Merzbow in the past and all three have toured extensively together in Japan. The album, recorded in Tokyo during a recent high-profile tour, captures the fevered intensity and violently textured depth of the trio’s collaborative improvisations.

Pinhas' aggressive, combustible music has always been honed to a keen edge by its philosophical bent. Process and Reality takes its name from an influential 1929 book by English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, which posits reality as a continual process of becoming. That’s an apt summation of the music made by Pinhas, Yoshida and Akita, which seethes and roils in a constant state of both turbulent flux and visceral realization. The guitarist says of his collaborators, “They explore 100% of their possibility. We have the same kind of spirit.”

The bleak outlook embodied by the music on Process and Reality is stunningly pictured in cover art worthy of a cyberpunk novel, rendering an oil tanker as a surrogate for the decaying post-industrial future. It was created by Patrick Jelin, the gifted designer also responsible for the covers for classic Heldon albums Interface (1977) and Stand By (1979), as well as Pinhas’ 1979 solo effort Iceland.

If that’s all too downbeat for an evening’s listening, Pinhas also sees the album as a celebration of his cherished friendship with these Japanese artists. “Japan is the best scene in the world,” he asserts, and while he foresees a radical change in his sound approaching in 2017, he continues that, “Always I will work with my forever friends.”

PURCHASE LINKS for
Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida / Masami Akita (Merzbow) - Process and Reality:
ITUNES - AMAZON - BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


French guitarist, electronic musician and global sonic experimenter
RICHARD PINHAS
simultaneously releases two new, startling different albums on Cuneiform, recorded on opposite side of the Pacific Ocean with two vastly different yet equally stellar groups of collaborators:
Process and Reality and Mu


Richard Pinhas / Barry Cleveland
featuring
Michael Manring & Celso Alberti
Mu
Street date: September 16, 2016
Genre: Rock / Ambient / Space-Rock / Electronic / World Fusion / Avant Progressive / Psychedelic / Experimental / Fourth World
STREAM/SHARE: "Zen/Unzen" [excerpt]
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube


"The album title is Mu, a Japanese word commonly translated as “no,” or “nothingness.” ...there are parallels between the state of mind cultivated in koan meditation and the state of mind that results in transcendent improvisational performances. Call it Zen and the art of musical improvisation... "
- Barry Cleveland

One day a troubled monk approached Joshu, a renowned Chinese Zen master, intending to ask him for guidance. A dog walked by and the monk asked Joshu, "Has that dog a Buddha Nature or not?" The monk had barely completed his question when Joshu shouted: "Mu!"

Mu is often translated as “nothingness,” but as the response in Zen’s most famous koan, the gesture speaks to a truth deeper than rational dualistic thinking can obtain—therefore also resonating with the creative mindset accompanying the purest forms of musical improvisation.

The music created by French guitar iconoclast and electronic music pioneer Richard Pinhas and insistently inventive San Francisco Bay Area guitarist Barry Cleveland on Mu originated in just such a way, arising seemingly from “nothingness.” The two had contemplated performing as well as recording together for several years before their stars finally aligned, and they played several Bay Area shows during the same period that Mu was recorded.

Unfettered by genre conventions, Mu is a mesmerizing combination of entirely improvised music and Cleveland’s post-production compositional development. The four long pieces unfurl as a confluence of overlapping musical currents informed by art rock, ambient, electronic, avant-garde jazz, and various “world” music inflections. Joined by two longtime Cleveland collaborators—electric bass innovator Michael Manring and Brazilian-born drum master Celso Alberti — these expansive and timeless soundscapes will have definite appeal to fans of artists like Jon Hassell, Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvær, Bill Laswell, David Torn, Brian Eno, David Sylvian and David Bowie.

Pinhas’ distinctive musical aesthetic is facilitated by his Metatronic live-looping and effects system that enables him to create an astonishing variety of tones and textures and layer them into continually changing stream-of-consciousness soundscapes. His approach on Mu was especially dynamic. “Besides opening up fresh sonic horizons himself, Richard did an impressive job of responding to the rapid shifts in tempo, tonality, and intensity of the quartet, which is far from easy when using a looping system such as his,” explains Cleveland. “His performance on ‘I Wish I Could Talk In Technicolor,’ in particular, may be the most dynamic and nuanced I’ve heard from him yet.”

Cleveland’s aesthetic is equally sui generis. In addition to playing guitar in the conventional manner he plays with a bow, a bowhammer, an Ebow, and other devices, as well as using sophisticated electronics and looping to access intriguing new aural realms. On Mu, he also played Moog Guitar, sitar guitar, Vocalizer 1000 woodwind synth, M-Tron, zither, kalimba, gong, and incidental percussion.

“Hyperbassist” Michael Manring’s mind-blowing virtuosity is equaled only by the richness of feeling expressed in his playing. He and drummer/percussionist Celso Alberti, a master of multiple rhythmic traditions, share a near-psychic connection that enlivens their truly uncanny interactions.

In bringing together this singular quartet, Cleveland and Pinhas take another bold step with Mu. Given their long histories of innovation and experimentation it shouldn’t be surprising to find them venturing into the unknown. But there’s still something inspiring about witnessing veteran artists willing to follow a thread of inspiration into the void, only to emerge with new revelations. “In many ways,” says Cleveland, “this album represents the culmination of concepts and techniques I’ve been developing my entire life.”

PURCHASE LINKS for
Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland [Featuring: Michael Manring & Celso Alberti] - Mu
ITUNES - AMAZON - BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC





Recent Recordings by Richard Pinhas on
Cuneiform Records

First-Ever Vinyl Reissue of Richard Pinhas'
Chronolyse




Street date: October 16, 2015


RICHARD PINHAS
CHRONOLYSE
[Vinyl LP Reissue]

STREAM/SHARE: "Sur Le Theme De Bene Gesserit VII"
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

Cat. #: Rune 30, Format: CD / LP / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Genre: Rock / Electronic Music / Experimental
Release Date: October 16, 2015



cd tikkun
cd yoshida
Richard Pinhas
& Oren Ambarchi
Tikkun
"Washington, D.C. - T4V1"
SoundCloud / Bandcamp / YouTube

Purchase @
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC
Richard Pinhas
& Yoshida Tatsuya

Welcome in the Void
"Part One - Intro"
SoundCloud / Bandcamp / YouTube

Purchase @
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC

cd tikkun
Richard Pinhas
Desolation Row

STREAM "Circle" from Desolation Row
SoundCloud / Bandcamp / YouTube
Purchase @
AMAZON - ITUNES - BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC

************

Cuneiform Records is honored to have released and/or reissued the complete
RICHARD PINHAS and HELDON catalogs as well as collaborative albums by PINHAS/MERZBOW, PINHAS/AMBARCHI and PINHAS/TATSUYA.
For more information on any of these titles and more, click on any cover below:
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns
5 Suns





RICHARD PINHAS: BIO MATERIAL

[Richard Pinhas]

Richard Pinhas is still a force in world music today… his music has the emotive depth that most other electronauts hardly begin to grapple with. Add to this its other attributes: alien atmospheres, futuristic imagery, feelings of the mystery of technology, precise clinical production, belief in creative and political revolution, an obscure intellectual base and references to science fiction…then there is a musical force that has little or no rival."– Audion

Ceaselessly innovative in a career spanning nearly 40 years, Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France's major experimental musicians. A composer, world-class guitarist and electronics innovator, he is a key figure in the international development of electronic rock music. During the 1970s, Pinhas' stature in France was analogous to Tangerine Dream's in Germany: the father figure of an entire musical movement. Years before MIDI existed, Richard was creating sophisticated electronic music using vast walls of the available components of the day. His band Heldon fused electronics, "diabolical guitar work" and rock to create a pioneering, aggressive music that was a precursor to the industrial music and techno to come. The groundbreaking music he created in the '70 with Heldon and solo remains vital and unsurpassed today, evident in its worldwide revival among a new, younger generation of musicians and fans.

In the 1990s, Cuneiform began working with Pinhas to reissue his Heldon and early solo recordings. The label also began releasing Pinhas' new recordings, as Pinhas continued to explore and expand rock's sonic edge in multi-layered instrumental works infused with influences from sci-fi and philosophy. Pinhas' subsequent work, featuring his "Metatronic" system of electronically treated solo guitar compositions, was as radically innovative as anything in his early career. Incorporating influences from and sharing aesthetics with the work of Fripp, Eno and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pinhas' guitar / electronics / spoken word works have appealed to longstanding fans while also attracting new admirers.

In the 21st century, Pinhas' uncompromising sonic quest has led him to joined forces with some of Japan's top noise artists, including Merzbow (Masami Akita), Yoshida Tatsuya, and Keiji Heino, as well as such other global sound explorers as Wolf Eyes, Oren Ambarchi, and Barry Cleveland. In recent years, in an astonishing creative surge, he has released numerous new solo and duo/collaborative instrumental works recordings on Cuneiform that fuse his guitar work variously with electronics, noise, other guitar work and/or drums, and continue to expand the parameters of rock. Pinhas new releases, inspired by 21st century political and philosophical concerns, are astoundingly powerful and sophisticated musical works that rival those from his Heldon days.

Pinhas is also an active live performer. In recent years, he's toured multiples times throughout Europe, Japan, and North America. Both solo and in various groupings, he's performed as headliner for festivals of avant-garde and electronic music worldwide.

For more information about Richard Pinhas, see:
Richard Pinhas @ CuneiformRecords.com
(recordings & activities on Cuneiform)

http://www.richard-pinhas.com/
(official website)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Rock in Opposition Festival-France, Sept 16-18, 2016, to feature 3 Cuneiform Artists

FRANCE IS THE PLACE TO BE
SEPTEMBER 16-17-18 FOR
ROCK IN OPPOSITION 2016!

Cuneiform Records is Proud to Announce that Three Cuneiform-Associated Bands/Recording Artists are among the Stellar Lineup at:


http://www.rocktime.org/rio

Cuneiform Records is proud to announce that three of its artists will be among the groups performing at the 2016 Rock in Opposition (R.I.O.) Festival to be held in France. This three-day festival devoted to artistically-uncompromising rock music celebrates “the incendiary spirit of Rock in Opposition” and will draw audiences from around the world. Featuring some of the most provocative, innovative, and artistically-progressive rock music created over the past three decades to the present day, the Rock in Opposition festival aims to “transport the creative flames and anti-corporate-rock aesthetic of the original Rock in Opposition movement into the new millennium.”

This year, for 2016, the festival will spotlight eleven of the most adventurous artists and bands on the current international avant-music scene. The full lineup for RiO-France 2016 includes:
Apollonius Abraham Schwarz (Switzerland)
Cicala-Mvta (Japan)
Half the Sky (Japan)
Jump for Joy (England, Germany, Netherlands)
MAGMA (France)
Nippon Eldorado Kabarett (Italy, Japan)
No Noise No Reduction (France)
  Pixvae (France)
Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy (France)
Upsilon Acrux
(USA)
Uz Jsme Doma
(Czech Republic)

••••••

Three of the performing ensembles - Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy (France), Upsilon Acrux (USA), and Uz Jsme Doma (Czech Republic) are associated with the American label, Cuneiform Records. Two of these artists - Richard Pinhas (France) & Upsilon Acrux (USA) - have each released multiple recordings on Cuneiform, and Pinhas is releasing two new Cuneiform albums to coincide with his RiO-2016 appearance. A third band at RiO 2016, Uz Jsme Doma (Czech Republic), released an album on Cuneiform in 2010; most of its recordings are on the Czech Skoda and Indies labels.

RiO-France is 2016's essential event for fans of cutting-edge rock, avant-progressive, and chamber-rock music. Visit the official RiO France 2016 website for more information on the performing artists, festival schedule/program, transportation, lodging, tickets, and more: http://www.rocktime.org/rio/index.php/en/


••••••

CUNEIFORM RECORDING ARTISTS AT
RIO FESTIVAL-France 2016:


The three Cuneiform artists & associated groups appearing at
Rock in Opposition-France 2016 include:
[click band photo for more info]

Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy (France) - performing Sept. 17th @ 11:20 PM
Upsilon Acrux (USA) - performing Sept. 18th @ 6:15 PM
Uz Jsme Doma (Czech Republic) - performing Sept. 18th @ 2:00 PM

Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy
[France]
Upsilon Acrux
[USA]
Uz Jsme Doma
[Czech Republic]

••••••

CUNEIFORM RECORDING ARTISTS AT
RIO FESTIVAL-FRANCE 2016:


Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy (France)
Performing @ RIO-France on September 17th, 2016 at 11:20 PM


Richard Pinhas @ CuneiformRecords.com
"Richard Pinhas is still a force in world music today… his music has the emotive depth that most other electronauts hardly begin to grapple with. Add to this its other attributes: alien atmospheres, futuristic imagery, feelings of the mystery of technology, precise clinical production, belief in creative and political revolution, an obscure intellectual base and references to science fiction…then there is a musical force that has little or no rival."
- Audion

Ceaselessly innovative in a career spanning 40 years, Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France's major experimental musicians. A composer, world-class guitarist and electronics innovator, he is a key figure in the international development of electronic rock music. During the 1970s, Pinhas' stature in France was analogous to Tangerine Dream's in Germany: the father figure of an entire musical movement. Years before MIDI existed, Richard was creating sophisticated electronic music using vast walls of the available components of the day. His band Heldon fused electronics, "diabolical guitar work" and rock to create a pioneering, aggressive music that was a precursor to the industrial music and techno to come. The groundbreaking music he created in the '70 with Heldon and solo remains vital and unsurpassed today, evident in its worldwide revival among a new, younger generation of musicians and fans.

In the 1990s, Cuneiform began working with Pinhas to reissue his Heldon and early solo recordings. The label also began releasing Pinhas' new recordings, as Pinhas continued to explore and expand rock's sonic edge in multi-layered instrumental works infused with influences from sci-fi and philosophy. Pinhas' subsequent work, featuring his "Metatronic" system of electronically treated solo guitar compositions, was as radically innovative as anything in his early career. Incorporating influences from and sharing aesthetics with the work of Fripp, Eno and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pinhas' guitar / electronics / spoken word works have appealed to longstanding fans while also attracting new admirers.

In the 21st century, Pinhas' uncompromising sonic quest has led him to joined forces with some of Japan's top noise artists, including Merzbow (Masami Akita), Yoshida Tatsuya, and Keiji Heino, as well as such other global sound explorers as Wolf Eyes and Oren Ambarchi. In recent years, in an astonishing creative surge, he has released numerous new solo and duo/collaborative instrumental works recordings on Cuneiform that fuse his guitar work variously with electronics, noise, other guitar work and/or drums, and continue to expand the parameters of rock. Pinhas' new releases, inspired by 21st century political and philosophical concerns, are astoundingly powerful and sophisticated musical works that rival those from his Heldon days.

Pinhas is also an active live performer. In recent years, he's done several extensive tours throughout Europe, in Japan, and in North America. Both solo and in various groupings, he's performed as headliner for festivals of avant-garde and electronic music worldwide.

Pinhas will perform at RIO-France 2016 in a duo with French drummer Arthur Narcy. The duo has performed and toured extensively together in Europe in recent years.
Pinhas' RIO-France 2016 appearance coincides with his release of two new - and stylistically different - albums on Cuneiform. One is a trio recording by Pinhas with two of his longstanding collaborators from the Japanese noise scene: Tatsuyo Yoshida and Masami Akita (aka Merzbow). Called Process and Reality, its name drawn from a book by mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead which Pinhas considers one of the most important 20th century philosophical writings, the album is a sonic experimental rock/ soundtrack to the demise of the Industrial Era. Pinhas' other release, with American guitarist Barry Cleveland, features the two guitarists in a quartet setting with West Coast musicians Michael Manning and Celso Alberto. Called Mu, a reference to Zen and the art of improvisation, the album blends world music, ambient, instrumental rock, sci fi and psychedlia into a gorgeous 21st century post-genre mix.

Cuneiform will release both Process and Reality and Mu on Sept. 16, 2016, the opening night of RiO Festival-France.---

New Richard Pinhas Recordings on Cuneiform Records To Be Released September 16, 2016:

Richard Pinhas, Tatsuya Yoshida,
Masami Akita (Merzbow)
Process and Reality
Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland
(feat. Michael Manning & Celso Alberti)
Mu

Recent Richard Pinhas Reissue on Cuneiform Records:

Richard Pinhas
CHRONOLYSE
(White Vinyl LP Reissue)

"Sur Le Theme De Bene Gesserit VII"
 SoundCloud / Bandcamp / YouTube

Purchase @
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


Cuneiform Records is honored to have released and/or reissued the complete
RICHARD PINHAS and HELDON catalogs as well as collaborative albums by PINHAS/MERZBOW, PINHAS/AMBARCHI and PINHAS/TATSUYA.
For more information on any of these titles and more, click on any cover below:


[Watch Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy LIVE at Divan du Monde HERE]


[Watch Richard Pinhas LIVE at Tusk Mini HERE]

More information about Richard Pinhas on Cuneiform:
Richard Pinhas @ CuneiformRecords.com

Richard Pinhas on Facebook
Richard Pinhas on Twitter
Richard Pinhas on the Web

••••••

Upsilon Acrux (USA)
Performing @ RIO-France September 18th 2016 at 6:15 PM



"Technically brilliant, rhythmically unbelievable, with just the right amount of melody...for fans of avant rock and insane jazz rock." - Disagreement.net

Upsilon Acrux is an instrumental quintet (dual guitars, keyboards, bass and drums). Their music is generally very intense, loud, hard-hitting and unbelivably virtuosic. Upsilon Acrux's music is demanding on many levels, but mostly it demands that you listen to it a number of times before forming an opinion, because only after you've gotten familiar with it can you get past the sheer complexity and onslaught of it all and hear the amazing musicality of what they are doing. This combination of blazingly fast, interwoven musical lines delivered at blinding speed mixed with their unique melodic sense makes Upsilon's music instantly recognizable.

Upsilon Acrux formed in 1997. Guitarist Paul Lai recalls that he and another guitarist, Cameron Presley, started the band in Vista, a town in rural California “45 minutes from San Diego but several world’s away,” and “out of a desperate need to play interesting music.” Adding Tom Cutler and drummer Jesse (Klecker) Appelhans to their lineup, they plunged into serious practice and adopted the name Upsilon Acrux - a name without specific meaning, but which the band agrees increasingly “fit” the music.

The band’s recorded debut was auspicious - the 10-minute instrumental “Before The Pirates Came” appeared as the opening track on a compilation of San Diego experimental music called Trummerflora 2, released by Accretions in 1998. Accretions released Upsilon Acrux’s first full-length album, In the Acrux of the Upsilon King, in 1999. The debut CD’s “inexhaustible musical invention” caught the attention of avant music’s most prestigious magazine, The Wire, who praised the music as “free jazz and hardcore fusion dominated by an astonishing kind of Splatter Prog.” Recorded by Lai, Klecker (Appelhans), Presley and Muir Tennerstet on bass, the 74-minute album was a “consistent assault on your regular rock instruments, accompanied by moogs and wacky sax” [Audion]. Upsilon Acrux subsequently released three more albums. In 2006, Steve Feigenbaum, head of Cuneiform ran across a video on Youtube of the group performing their latest material and was utterly shellacked by it. Contacting the band, arrangements were made for Cuneiform to release their next album. This CD, Galapagos Momentum (2007), was Upsilon Acrux’s 5th release. In it, the band returned to a “more natural rock-band” lineup with one drummer - Appelhans, two guitarists, Lai and Braden Miller, as well as bass player Eric Kiersnowski. Galapagos Momentum features 41 minutes of aggressive, intricate, athletic and composed post-punk instrumental rock contained on 10 tracks.

Shortly after the release of Galapagos Momentum, Paul assembled a new version of the band featuring himself and David Moeggenberg on guitars, keyboardist Phil Cobb, bassist Marty Sataman and drummer Chris Meszler and Upsilon went on an extensive tour, traveling and performing all the way across the US to the east coast and back again over a 4 week period. Soon after, they were tapped to open for Mission of Burma at a music festival in Kalamazoo, MI, where they performed for 3,000 people.

Returning home, the band played local shows and festivals and began working on new music, which culminated in the band's sixth album, Radian Futura (2010). Radian Futura is an album of explosive, intense and surprisingly beautiful, intricate, instrumental rock. Simultaneously physical and cerebral, challenging and melodic, Radian Futura is Upsilon Acrux’s most accessible yet sophisticated release to date.

Upsilon Acrux have since released their newest work, Sun Square Dialect (2015), on New Atlantis Records. The band is touring widely in support of their new album across the US and throughout Europe.


[Listen to Upsilon Acrux's "Landscape with Gun and Chandelier" HERE]

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Upsilon Acrux Recordings on Cuneiform Records:

Upsilon Acrux
Radian Futura


"Landscape with Gun and Chandelier"
  Bandcamp / YouTube

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Upsilon Acrux
Galapagos Momentum


"So Thereby..."
Bandcamp / YouTube

Purchase @
ITUNES
BANDCAMP

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Upsilon Acrux @ CuneiformRecords.com:
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/upsilon.html

Upsilon Acrux on the Web:
https://www.facebook.com/upsilonacrux/

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Uz Jsme Doma (Czech Republic)
Performing @ RIO-France September 18th 2016 at 2:00 PM


Uz Jsme Doma @ CuneiformRecords.com

"[Uz Jsme Doma] occupy a paradoxical territory between infectious...giddiness and a uniquely strident, angst ridded avant-progressive urgency.” - Alternative Press

Uz Jsme Doma (pronounced "Oozh (rhymes with 'rouge') Smeh Dough-Ma) was founded in 1985 in Teplice, a small industrial town in the north Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, when that country was part of communist Czechoslovakia. Originally a septet, the band’s founding members were saxophonists Jindra Dolansky and Milan Novy, drummer Jula Horváth, keyboardist Jirí Závodny, bassist Petr Kerka, and guitarists Ota Chlupsa and Jirí Solar. The band’s name, “uz jsme doma,“ literally translates to, “We’re home now,” but is also used in common speech to mean, “Now I get it,” or, “Now I understand.” In Czechoslovakia during the 1980s, the government considered rock to be anti-social music, and the act of performing with a rock band (or creating any non-conformist/unapproved art) was subversive.

In 1988, the band became a sextet. Throughout the years, Uz Jsme Doma’s lineup continually evolved, morphing in size and instrumentation. But despite the influence of passing band members, the music was thoroughly composed by the same longstanding members and thus remained distinct at its core. While all of Uz Jsme Doma’s music is now composed by Wanek, founding member Dolansky had also contributed pieces to the band. Besides compositional integrity, Martin Velisek’s creative packaging designs for all the band’s recordings have helped the band retain aesthetic distinctiveness. Velisek began working with UJD in 1986, and has since designed all of its visuals, including posters, album covers, a limited edition art book and even stage costumes.

In 1989, the Velvet Revolution overturned 41 years of Communist rule. In an astonishing reversal, artists, writers, musicians and intelligencia—whose work was formerly banned— Four years after Uz Jsme Doma’s founding, the political climate in Czechoslovakia began to dramatically thaw. In 1989, the Velvet Revolution became leaders of the country’s political, social and artistic change. The band was not only legally permitted to enter the studio for the first time to record, but its 7“ EP, Rock Debut no.7, was released that year by a state-owned label, Panton. For Uz Jsme Doma, democracy brought artistic freedom; now able to openly pursue a career in rock music, the band began recording, performing and promoting its music at home and abroad - becoming known in Eastern Europe for their devotion to rocking and the push for artistic rights, whatever the state of politics may be. The group has since been releasing music, touring the world, working on multimedia and film projects, and collaborating with other groups like the Residents.

The group have a prolific touring history, having played in 39 countries, including Japan, New Zealand, and Israel, and almost every U.S. state across a span of 600+ shows. Aside from their six other studio albums, two live albums, 'best of' release, and live performance/documentary dual release, Uz Jsme Doma's May 2010 released Caves / Jeskyne has been licensed to Cuneiform for Western Europe and North America. The group's current lineup is as so: vocalist Miroslav Wanekm, bassist Pepa Cervinka, trumpeter Adam Tomasek, visualist Martin Velisek, and drummer Vojtech Boril, who joined in January 2016.

Uz Jsme Doma Recording on Cuneiform Records:


Uz Jsme Doma
Jeskyne / Caves


"Kapka / Droplet"
Bandcamp / YouTube

Purchase @
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


[Watch Uz Jsme Doma's Official Video for "Mariana" HERE]

For more information about Uz Jsme Doma on Cuneiform:
Uz Jsme Doma @ CuneiformRecords.com

Uz Jsme Doma's Official Website
http://www.uzjsmedoma.cz/en
Uz Jsme Doma on Facebook

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ROCK IN OPPOSITION FESTIVAL - FRANCE

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Come celebrate Rock In Opposition's adventurous legacy this September 2016 at RiO Festival-France, located at Cap Découverte, one of the most unique music festival venues:



Explore the various record label and distributor booths, bars, and outdoor food trucks

When not enjoying the music, you can swim, hike, bike, or visit the skate park on site

Finish out the night with on-site lodging at the furnished modern inn or tent camping, or stay at one of many inns in Albi or other nearby historic towns.



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